Pakistan beat Zimbabwe in first T20I

By ScoreLine Desk - November 8, 2020

Pakistan beat Zimbabwe in first T20I
Rawalpindi: Babar Azam smashed a half-century to lead Pakistan’s six-wicket win against Zimbabwe in the first Twenty20 International in Rawalpindi on Saturday.
Babar proved yet again why he is one of the top batsmen in white-ball cricket with an attractive 55-ball 82 to anchor Pakistan’s chase of a modest 157-run target in 18.5 overs.

Wesley Madhevere struck a maiden half-century to lead Zimbabwe to 156-6 after they won the toss and batted.

Azam, determined to regain his place as Twenty20’s top batsman — which he lost to England’s Dawid Malan two months ago — punched nine boundaries and a six during his 80-run stand for the third wicket with Mohammad Hafeez, who made 36.

Azam was finally caught in the 17th over, as was Hafeez in the 19th, but the target was never beyond Pakistan.

Paceman Blessing Muzarabani finished with 2-26.

Zimbabwe, who upset Pakistan in the third one-day international at the end of their 2-1 loss in the preceding series, were never able to stop Azam’s free-flowing stroke play despite dismissing Fakhar Zaman (19) and Haider Ali (seven) by the eighth over.

Earlier, Zimbabwe added 46 in the last five overs with Madhevere in the lead.

Madhevere, struck a 48-ball 70 not out with nine boundaries and a six to help Zimbabwe post a respectable total.

Madhevere, added 34 runs for the sixth wicket with Elton Chigumbura, who made a 13-ball 21 with a six and two boundaries.

Sean Williams (25) and Brendan Taylor (20) were the other contributors.

Haris Rauf and Wahab Riaz took two wickets apiece.

The teams will meet again at the same venue on Sunday and Tuesday.

By ScoreLine Desk

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